Brother Printer MFCJ5520DW Review

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January 26, 2015
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Brother MFCJ5520DW is an affordable inkjet printer, released in last August by (probably) the most famous printer manufacturer. It offers wireless networking and All-in-One functionality with a reasonable price. I’ll tell you more about its advantages and possible drawbacks in the review below.

Features

Besides printing, Brother MFCJ5520DW also scans, copies and faxes. Such a multifunctional printer may be desirable for home use, although many offices would most certainly benefit from this All-in-One setup. Also, considering the low price, having all those functions in one package should give rather good bang for your buck.

The printer is operated by a 3.7″ swipe touchscreen. Somebody commented it’s bright and easy to understand, which I don’t doubt considering high quality of Brother products. Besides, not every printer in this price category comes with a touch display to begin with.

Input capacity is the standard 250 pages, although output tray holds just 50 sheets. There’s also a multi-purpose tray that takes maximum 80 pages. Paper sizes are up to 11″ x 17″. The scanner and copier have ADF so you can work with multiple pages at once.

Automatic duplex printing is enabled, allowing you to save some money and paper. Borderless prints are supported as well so getting neat looking photos is be possible.

All the necessary connections are present on this Brother: USB 2.0, Ethernet RJ-45 and a wireless adapter. Besides a direct connect, the WiFi works with various smart phones (Google Cloud Print, AirPrint etc).

Printer dimensions are 19.3″ x 13.6″ x 9.4″ (WxDxH). Supported operating systems include Windows XP – 8.1. Mac OS X v 10.7.5 and above also work with it. There are drivers for Linux available, so getting the printer to communicate with Ubuntu and other distributions should be rather easy.

Performance

The printer is promised a maximum 22ppm black and 20ppm color ISO-based speed. To me, it would be adequate, although office workers in a big business would probably disagree. The print quality is a highly subjective matter, with several user reports suggesting the quality of photo prints ranges from average to good.

Up to 30,000 pages is the maximum monthly duty cycle of Brother MFCJ5520DW. Recommendations vary between 250 and 1500 printed pages a month. So if you want to be on the safer side you can print ~40 sheets every day with this Brother. The 128MB memory is enough for everyday printing and small user groups in SMBs, although big offices would probably eat up the RAM quickly.

Costs

With the current ink price, cost per one B&W page using the LC209BK super high yield ink would be ~1.3 cents. With the LC205 C/M/Y inks, a price for one color page would be roughly 7 cents. That’s not much considering the printer’s acquisition price. If you print 10-20 pages a day, Brother MFCJ5520DW should be rather economical.

Of course, you don’t have to spend money to ink right away. The printer comes with starter cartridges, each with a yield for 550 pages.

Final thoughts

Brother MFCJ5520DW should be a viable tool for homes and small offices. Advantages include multiple functions, fast printing speed and reasonable cost per page. People who bought this item also praised it for ease of use and setup. Some commented about photo prints’ mediocre quality which might not satisfy professionals – that is, of course, understandable for the price. Also, USB cable is not provided so remember to get that separately. All in all, this Brother should be a good buy for your everyday printing needs.


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